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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2012 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: GD 1967-03-18

regarding GD March 18, 1967, one of the greatest performances in the GD canon, and a show i have been listening to for the past few days ... well, i had other things to say, but as i went to get the link, i noticed that Skobud in his very recent review, says it all much better than i, so i will let his words speak to the forum (with apologies to Skobud for this liberty), and only add two thoughts of my own: 1) i just love 'The Same Thing', both Jerry and Pig shine brightly (mr. Skobud could have enthused about it more in his review, actually), and i believe i have listened to this track around 10 times this week already (three times today); and 2) for those who avoid the 'early' era, i feel sorry for you ... it's as though you got on the bus, took the 'trip', and went nowhere

anyway, thank you Jerry & Pig, etc., and thank you Skobud ... it seems we were on the same wavelength this week

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Reviewer: Skobud
5.00 out of 5 stars
November 21, 2012
Subject: All Hail Psychedelic Surf Blues!

Three words to describe this show - Psychedelic Surf Blues. Every time I listen to ’66 or ’67 I think it sounds like Surf music and it is mostly due to the Starfire he was playing at the time. That twangy hollow body sound is awesome. The sound he gets reminds me of a cross between Dick Dale and Freddie King. Jerry’s furious earth scorching soloing during almost every song is unreal. The show kicks off with a double time MAMU which has Bobby’s young voice straining and yelling. Immediately you can hear Jerry ‘s treble solo which fast and ferocious. Pig comes on strong with Next Time You See Me with great vocals and accents from Jerry. No harp solo from Pig on this one, which I found a little odd. Next it’s Jerry’s turn to sing the super cowboy ballad He was a Friend. Well executed and somewhat reminiscent of the acoustic sets to come a few years down the road. Next is Smokestack and it f'ing rules. That riff sounds soo good with the extra twang provided by the Guild. Pig’s hot, and so is this tune. Outstanding. Dew is next and incredible. What a great early version of this song – emotional as hell and furious playin by Jerry. Great little jam out with Jerry screamin the lyrics at the end. Hurts Me Too sounds fantastic on the Starfire as well. This version sounds closer to Elmore James’ version than any other I have heard from the band. Nice. BIODTL made me chuckle at the beginning because its soo goddam fast…I mean triple time for the 12 year old Bobby Weir on the mic…Speedball from hell right here. After that we close with another Bobby tune, Dancin’. I hate latter era Dancin’ and love early ones. This is a perfect example of why. The tempo, Bobby’s little kid voice coupled with Jerry’s furious playing. Wow, that jam out to close the first set was a thing of beauty. First set done and I am awestruck again by the intensity the band had in 1967.

Second set starts with Golden Road and I am in heaven. Jerry says something to the effect of ‘Welcome to the post Chuck Berry Set” and proceeds to rip shit up. Unreal. Next is Cream Puff War, and I was once again amazed at Jerry’s soloing. I mean, it has been great so far but this is from another planet. Furious out of mind blistering treble soloing that left me speechless. Pig comes back up next with Same Thing and they have this one down. Great placement after the barnburning Cream puff War..Slowing it down before the big finish. Next is the surf medley CRS. This one is very, very quick and sounds just like it should be played in one of those old surf movies right after someone yells “Outside” meaning an outside set. All the surfers go nuts and fast surf music plays in the background as they battle the rouge waves…Old surf movie shit right there. Love it. And then they proceed to blow the roof clean off with a killer Viola and cut Death Don’t.

The things that standout are the cohesiveness that they already have – playing off each other and sounding very tight for playing so freakin fast(most of the time). Also, Jerry’s earthscorching soloing on almost every tune. The fast, ferocious sound out of that Guild Starfire is awesome. A+ show that gets my very highest recommendation. You will be hard pressed to find a tighter, more important show from 1967. It showcases exactly what they were already capable of way back when. Talent galore with a remarkable edge about them. They take no prisoners and burn the place down on the way out….All Hail 3/18/67, All Hail Psychedelic Surf Blues

http://archive.org/details/gd67-03-18.sbd.fink.10282.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Skobud Date: Nov 26, 2012 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

Thanks Arb I appreciate it...Kinda funny, I never realized just how many people see what we write here until I saw CC name in the New Yorker article. That pretty much when I decided that I should post a few here so they go down in history with the rest. Besides that, shit - I spend enough freakin time here I suppose I should be posting what I write. I did find myself only posting sparkling reviews, so I had to post a couple, 5/8/84 in particular, that I thought sucked badly.

There is no denying this beast though, and I agree with you about Same Thing. I think I was so blown away by Cream Puff that I ended up glossing over Same Thing. I agree with Cliff about the Dancin' on this one too. Its top shelf all day.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 24, 2012 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

Just my opinion but this rendition of Dancin' in the Streets is as good any performed in 1970. It's tragic that we have not had an
official release from 1967...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2012 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

a '67 box set would be just the thing to get me feeling optimistic about humanity again

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2012 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

Good call Arb; just think, it would be the perfect compliment to my late 67 CREAM obsession (Detroit if I recall)...so few shows to enjoy from 67, and such an interesting time for our boys.

Great stuff. Golden Road just has to warrant all your attention, eh?

Hope you had a good thanksgiving, and that the various storms aren't giving you too many headaches.

This post was modified by William Tell on 2012-11-25 13:45:44

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2012 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

y'know, i listened to Cream's Grande Ballroom performance earlier this week, 1.8 hours of sonic bliss (as you well know); ah, but where would we be without our obsessions...

T-giving was fine, small gathering as i like it; hope yours was as you expected (and desired) ... been fortunate as to storms lately, the weather this week has been ideal (for the season)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 24, 2012 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

I second that.

I had a "I can't believe that voice came outta that guy" Bobby moment (again). He looks like a kid, but he has this timbre and unusual ability to project his voice. It's mostly loud and irritating at this stage, but it's part of his double take (either way) myth.

Jerry is a Starburst. The whole packet.

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: Nov 24, 2012 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

Yeah, what's up with that?

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Poster: memphis Jed Date: Nov 25, 2012 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD 1967-03-18

"Psychedelic Surf Blues": just exactly perfect.